Title: Summer Girls
Dimensions: width: 65cm, height: 85cm
Notes: paper, water colour, PVA, glitter, wiggly eye, rhinestones
Country: United Kingdom / Japan
Akiko Ban was born in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan. In 2002 she moved to London, where she earned her BA in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts (2003-2006) and MFA in Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art (2006-2008). She currently lives and works in London.
Ban works mainly in drawing and sculpture. The intention of her artistic practice is to give life to materials and generate separate entities which exist on their own. She creates her own ritual objects and environments which uplift her soul. Her work is about her personal mythology which embodies the essence of the world she lives in.
Using liquid and flexible materials such as water, ink, plaster, fabric and rubber, Ban lets unique moments emerge through interactions between material, time, environment and herself. The works are generated in short, one-off periods of time.
Ban’s practice also has an element of performance, and she collaborates with choreographers, dancers and other artists for special improvisational projects.
Recent solo exhibitions include Mystic Parade 百鬼夜行, matohu, Tokyo, Japan (2013), Alive, Bicha Gallery, London (2012). Group shows include AAF Singapore (2014), A5, LUBOMIROV-EASTON, Athens, Greece (2014), AAF Hong Kong (2014), AAF New York (2013). Projects include In Conversation with Akiko Ban Revelry in Paradise, Artist talk, Ace & Lion, London (2014), Revelry in Paradise 楽園の宴, Performance, Matsudo, Japan (2014), Paradise AIR, Artist in Residence, Matsudo, Japan (2014), Hat and Accessories Design for matohu (2013-14), AW collection “AWAI” (2013).
The intention of Akiko Ban’s artistic practice is to give life to materials and generate separate entities which exist on their own. Ban creates her own ritual objects and environments which uplift her soul. Her work is about her personal mythology which embodies the essence of the world she lives in. Ban works mainly in drawing and sculpture which often capture the sense of flow, energy, time and space. She uses liquid and flexible materials such as water, ink, plaster, fabric and rubber. The works are generated in a short period of time and one-off.
Ban calls this work generation process “manifestation of entity” which only happens when her unconsciousness is purely harmonized with the natural phenomena caused by materials. The result of the process becomes her work. It is ‘mass of life’ which communicates itself on its own terms.This is only achieved after rigorous physical and spiritual training. Before the actual making process, Ban interprets the materials logically and intuitively until they start to become part of her body, which later allows her to work spontaneously. She also tries to bring her mind to the state of “nothingness” by clearing all destructive thoughts and relying on her unconsciousness during the work generation process. These concepts are influenced by Japanese calligraphy which she has been practicing for a long time.